Widener University Women's Rugby:
The 2019 Season
by Sarah De Kok
Widener University’s Women’s Rugby Team earned second place at championships on Saturday, April 6th, at Gettysburg College. Although the team is disappointed they did not win championships, they are still immensely proud of themselves for working hard and making it far in the tournament. This comes after earning second place in their fall fifteens season.
Widener Women’s Rugby won first place in their division last year in their fall 2017 fifteens season and again in their spring 2018 sevens season. It was the first time in the team’s history winning first place at championships.
Widener Rugby is a club sport coached by Dana Kutchner and Alyssa Bauer. Practices are held 3-4 times a week with games and tournaments on Saturdays. Students who wish to join do not need prior experience to play, only a desire to learn and try something new. For more information, check out the club sports page on the Widener University website.
Widener Women's Rugby 2018-2019 Team Photo
The 2019 Harris Hall Flooding
by Ben Schittler
Photos of the damage caused by the flooding. Credit: Ben Schittler
One of the biggest stories on Widener’s campus this semester was the flooding that took place in Harris Hall. On Thursday January 31st at 9 am, record low temperatures caused a sprinkler pipe to freeze and burst in a fourth floor bathroom, immediately drenching the nearby rooms with black sprinkler water.
The rooms in the immediate vicinity of the burst had inches of water on the floor, and more coming out of the ceiling tiles and vents. Many of the rooms on the 15th Street side of the building were affected in some capacity. Approximately 30 students were displaced, most only for a few days.
However, rooms 407 and 408, which belong to my neighbor and I, had to be completely torn up due to the extensive water damage. All of the drywall and ceiling tiles in the rooms and bathroom had to be replaced. As a result of the repairs, we lived out of a spare dorm in Sharples Hall from the 31st until our return from Spring Break on March 10th.
Luckily, neither of us lost many personal belongings, and our rooms were repaired. While living in a spare room for a month and a half and having to replace some items was not how I wanted to spend a large part of my semester, the ordeal will provide quite the story in the future.
2019 Rock Releases
by Ben Schittler
2019’s new rock releases might make you feel high like a bird in the sky.
The Black Keys are back after a five year hiatus with their single, “Lo/Hi”. The March 7th release brought back the duo’s blues rock sound and garnered them immediate publicity. The song reached the Top 10 of the Billboard Rock Charts, and is also featured in promos for this year’s NCAA Men’s Basketball “March Madness” tournament. In addition to the new song, the Keys announced tour dates for North America beginning in September, fueling rumors that they will release an album in 2019. “Lo/Hi” is a welcome return, and catchy to boot, with excellent instrumentals and background vocals behind Dan Auerbach’s signature sound.
The Black Keys are the first, but certainly won’t be the last, rock group to drop exciting new tunes this year. The Raconteurs will be joining the Keys in returning from an extended break. June 21 is the set release date for their album “Help Us Stranger”, the first in 11 years for the Jack White led super group. To build up hype, two singles off the album have been released. “Sunday Driver” is upbeat and funky, and showcases White’s exemplary guitar skill. “Now That You’re Gone” sharply contrasts as a soulful ballad. Hopefully both tracks are a sign of what is in store on the rest of the album.
The Red Hot Chili Peppers and Greta Van Fleet are also planning new releases this year. Both Evanescence and The Pretty Reckless are also rumored to be making new music, but nothing official has been announced.